Last week I had the good fortune to attend a 2-day class with a few other 287 staff on ENVoY “7 Gems” for Classroom Management. I’m currently aware of one or two teachers in our district who practice this approach with good results. I’m wondering if there are others who are familiar with ENVoY and any thoughts you have on it.
For those who are not familiar, ENVoY is a set of non-verbal techniques for getting students attention, the teaching phase, transitioning students to “seatwork” or whatever activity you want students to do, and reinforcement during seatwork/activity time.
While I have one or two outlying questions about ENVoY – overall this training was a big “Wake up call” for me. I learned that I’ve truly undervalued some of the important core principles behind the ENVoY gems. Things like body posture, position of my hands, settling before I speak, my physical location in the classroom, using silence very intentionally, etc. Some of those things I knew were important, but now I have a set of strategies to be able to do them. Anyhow - this post is just to find out who else knows about ENVoY, does anybody use it, and any thoughts people have.